Hilltopper Hoops Round-Up: Summit H.S. Boys Use Triple-Shot of Offense to Beat GL for Sixth Win in Row; Girls Fall to Oak Knoll

Senior captain Catherine Maloney drives to the basket. Credits: David Mahoney

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Summit High School Boys Varsity Basketball Team got 40 points combined from junior captains Malcolm Sidebottom, Dom Yorio and sophomore Joe Lusardi, and rode a solid second-half performance to roll past Governor Livingston, 61-41.

The win was the Maroon and White's sixth in a row, and ups their season record to an impressive 7-1.

Sidebottom (14), Yorio (13) and Lusardi (13) were followed by sophomore Eric Baier's eight point as the Hilltoppers again  used the three-ball to punish their opponent, knocking down 8 treys to the Highlanders' four.

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Summit, which led 29-24 at the half, won the second half by 15 points to break open a close contest.

Next up for the Hilltoppers is a 'Summit Roundball Derby' versus Oratory Prep January 13 at the Main Gym. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m.

Girls Drop Decision to Oak Knoll

SUMMIT, NJ - In a not so warm and fuzzy 'flipabout' from their previous tilt -- a win over Rahway in which they blanked their opponent 13-zip in the first quarter -- the Summit High School Girls Varsity Basketball Team found itself on the wrong end of an opening-quarter, bakers dozen deficit against Oak Knoll at the Main Gym.

The Hilltoppers trailed 14-1 after one, a points gulf Summit was not able to overcome over the final 24 minutes of basketball, and the Royals eased to a 44-28 victory. Oak Knoll, which was led by the one-two punch of Greta Criqui and Paige Morton -- each of whom notched 14 points -- was up big, at 36-14, after three quarters, making Summit's 14-8 fourth quarter a minor 'win' from an optics perspective only.

A bright spot for Summit, now 4-4 on the season, was the play of Sarah Maldonado, who came off the bench to lead all Hilltopper scorers with eight points. The freshman also led the team in rebounds with six.

Summit makes the short trip to New Providence on January 13 to take on the Pioneers. Tip-off is scheduled for 12 p.m.


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